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The Director General, Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Mr Emeka Mba said in Lagos that the entertainment industry could boost the nation’s economy if well managed.

Mba stated this at the premiere of a film: “Red Hot Nigerian Creativity’’ held on Wednesday night by Communicating for Change (CFC). It was to honour creative artistes.

He said that in spite of the financial problems and piracy challenges in the Nigerian film industry, artistes and stakeholders had been able to bring out blockbuster movies.

“We want people to know that they can make more money in Nigeria through the entertainment sector. This is one of the ways the country’s economy can be enhanced.

“Entertainment is not just for fun but a way of life, of history and culture, documented for reminisce,’’ he said.

According to him, Nigeria’s culture should be projected in film, dance, theatre and music to tell our own story to the outside world.

Mba added that entertainment could also be used as a tool to correct the ills of the society and send out messages for change.

He commended CFC for being in the forefront of filming the ills of the society and proffering ways to curb them, especially among youths.

“We at the NFVCB are looking for ways to partner with the entertainment industry, not to sponsor but to use it to project the country to the world,” Mba said.

On the problem of piracy, he said: “artistes go through a lot to put their creative ingenuity together without reaping much’’.

He said, however, that the board was looking for ways to curb piracy and ensure that artistes reap the fruit of their labour.

He said more stakeholders should produce films such as “Red Hot Nigerian Creativity” to honour people that had contributed to the art and entertainment industry.

CFC Managing Director, Mrs Sandra Mbanefo-Obiago said CFC decided to use the film to bring out important social messages that address human and national challenges and how to solve them.

She noted that the media, government, civil society, academia and private organisations could help tell these stories truthfully.

She explained that “Red Hot Nigerian Creativity” is about the life of heroes who were not acknowledged because of the complex and difficult realities of Nigeria’s road to development.

“The documentary series is CFC’s attempt at building a bridge of understanding, appreciation and support for our under-served artistic community and the entertainment industry,’’ she said.

Mr Alex Oti, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, one of the sponsors of the documentary, promised to assist the industry to develop.

He said what the artistic world needed was sponsorship which the bank was ready to give.

Our correspondent reports that some of those featured in the documentary are Bruce Onobrakpeya, a visual artist; TY Bello, a musician and photographer.

Others were Cobhams Asuquo, a musical producer; Omotshola Isueli a.k.a. Tee Mac, a musician; Nigeria’s first female drummer, Ara; Julius Agwu, a comedian; Stephanie Okereke, a producer and actress; and Tunde Kelani, a movie producer.

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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